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INTERNAL ONLY - Social Work Assistant (EHCP Assessor) - 0-25 Team

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 05/12/2019 23:59
£21,589 - £24,799
Hours per week:
37 hours
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
5 Dec

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

INTERNAL ONLY - Social Work Assistant (EHCP Assessor) - 0-25 Team

This post is restricted to permanent and temporary employees of South Gloucestershire Council only.

To apply for this vacancy, please download the attached Expression of interest form and email it directly to HR Recruitment hrrecruitment@southglos.gov.uk by close of business Thursday 5 December 2019. Please clearly mark with vacancy number & job title. The Recruitment Team will forward onto the individual line manager once the job has closed.

We currently have the opportunity for a Social Work Assistant / EHCP Assessor to join the 0-25 service. This is an exciting time to join, as we are currently expanding to create this exciting new role after a highly successful pilot to undertake the screening and assessing of social care needs to advise the EHCP Needs assessments.

As a Social Work Assistant / EHCP Assessor you will be working in a busy environment as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team working to implement the SEND agenda for children and young people across South Gloucestershire. The 0-25 Disability Service exists to improve outcomes and make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND and their families, who require support as well as young adults who have eligible education & training, health and social care needs. The post will be based in our state of the art Badminton Road office which offers onsite parking and staff canteen, however, your role will take you out and about to all areas of South Gloucestershire.

You will work with Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Special Educational Needs (SEN) practitioners and will have a case load of children and young people between ages of 0-18.

The post holder’s main responsibility will be to continue to provide good quality social care advice and contributions to the EHCP needs assessment process. The successful candidate will help develop this role further and help inform future planning and resources, and therefore will need to offer flexibility as the role itself evolves.

You will be managed and supervised by either the 0-25 Senior Practitioner or the 0-25 Team manager. Your main duties will include attending the weekly SEND panel and contributing social care advice and guidance to this panel. You will also be responsible for the screening of all requests for social care advice for EHCP needs assessments coming from this panel, and undertake assessments of need where necessary. You will ensure that social care advice is provided for the EHCP needs assessments within the statutory 6 week period. You may also be required to undertake other roles within the team, including supporting social work tasks, and/or undertaking time limited direct work with children and families.

You will demonstrate effective screening and assessment practice in complex situations, and an ability to liaise and gather information from a wide range of professionals. You will need to effectively manage a caseload of children and young people who require a social care needs assessment as a contribution to their wider EHCP needs assessment, and be able to advise other practitioners about how they can contribute to such assessments when cases are already open to social care. As such you will need to model good practice and have knowledge and understanding of legislation and guidance which specifically relates to disabled children/young people and their families, and in regards to Children’s social care’s responsibility to contribute to EHCP Assessments and plans.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Experience of working with a broad range of people including families and professionals in social care settings.

A relevant qualification e.g. NVQ Level 3 in health or social care or equivalent. You will be able to demonstrate numeracy and literacy skills to GCSE grade C level or equivalent.

Experience of, or be prepared to work in accordance with, the Council’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

You will have effective interpersonal skills, good communication and relationship building skills.

Good organisational and time management skills.

You will have good report writing skills, be able to carry out good quality analytical assessments and outcome focussed care plans.

You will be able to carry out basic risk assessments, communicate findings and risks to families, and keep detailed and accurate records.

You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use the specific client data system and common software packages e.g. word, outlook.

Full drivers licence and access to a car to travel to a range of locations including home visits.


Experience of working with children/young people with a disability/complex needs

Additional Information

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Tim Bartley, Team Manager 0-18 on 01454 86 2879 or tim.bartley@southglos.gov.uk.

Physical Effort and Working Environment (other than in a normal office environment), visits to a range of settings including visits to the homes of service users.

Disclosure and Barring Service: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

Use of a vehicle: The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel. The post is based at the Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.


As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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